Modern Literal Version
[Galatians 4]

     4:1 But I am saying inasmuch time as the heir is an infant, he carries nothing of more-value-than that of a bondservant, though being lord of all; 4:2 but is under commissioners and stewards till the appointed-day of the father. 4:3 So also, when we were infants, having been enslaved under the elemental principles of the world, 4:4 but when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, born out of a woman, born under the law, 4:5 in order that he might buy those up who were under the law, in order that we might receive the sonship.4:6 And because you* are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 4:7 So-then you are no longer a bondservant, but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

     4:8 But indeed back then, not knowing God, you* were enslaved to the ones who by nature are not gods. 4:9 But now having known God, but rather having been known by God, how are you*returning again to the weak and poor elemental principles? Do you* again wish to be enslaved to these anew? 4:10 You* yourselves observe days and months and seasons and years. 4:11 I fear for you*, lest somehow I have vainly labored toward you*.

     4:12 Brethren, I beseech of you*, become like I am, because I have also become like you*are. You* wronged me in nothing; 4:13 but you* know that I myself proclaimed the good-news to you*beforehand because of a weakness of the flesh. 4:14 And you* did not scorn, nor did you* spurn my test, which was in my flesh; but you* accepted me as a messenger of God, even as Christ Jesus.4:15 Therefore what was your good-fortune? For* I testify of you*, that, if possible, you* would have given your* eyes to me, having popped them out. 4:16 So-then have I become your* enemy, declaring the truth to you*? 4:17 They are zealous for you*in no good way. But they wish to lock you* out from us, in order that you* may be zealous for them. 4:18 But it is always good to be zealous in a good thing and not only while* I was present* with you*. 4:19 My little-children, of whom I am in travail again till when Christ should be formed in you*again. 4:20 But I was wishing to be present* with you* now, and to change my voice, because I am perplexed at you*.

     4:21 Tell* me, you* who wish to be under the law, are you* not hearing the law? 4:22 For* it has been written, that Abraham had two sons, one from the maidservant and one from the freewoman. {Gen 21:2-9}4:23 But indeed the one from the maidservant has been born according to the flesh, but the one from the free woman has been born through the promise. 4:24 Which things are allegorized; for* these women are two covenants*; indeed one from Mount Sinai, who is Hagar, giving-birth to children into bondage. 4:25 For* this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the Jerusalem which is now and she is enslaved with her children. 4:26 But the Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of all of us. 4:27 For* it has been written, 'Barren one who is not bearing children, be joyous; burst forth and cry, the one who is not travailing, because many more are the children of the desolate rather than from her who has the husband.' {Isa 54:1}4:28 Now brethren, we are children of the promise according to Isaac. 4:29 But just-like then, he who was born according to the flesh was persecuting the one who was bornaccording to the Spirit, so it is also now. 4:30 But what does the Scripture say? Cast out the maidservant and her son; for* the son of the maidservant should never inherit with the son of the free woman.{Gen 21:10}4:31 Consequently*, brethren, we are not children of a maidservant, but of the free woman.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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